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A celebration of philosophy and theater on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - at University of Mississippi

When: April 22, 2016
Where: University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi  38677
United States
Presenter: University of Mississippi & Mississippi State University
Contact: Kristin Boyce

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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to award $3000 to support the conference, "Occasioning Philosophy: A Celebration of Philosophy and Theater on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death." The conference will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016.

The conference, hosted by the University of Mississippi, is co-sponsored by Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. ASA member Kristin Boyce (Mississippi State University) is the co-organizer of the conference, with Donovan Wishon (Philosophy, University of Mississippi).

The conference will include talks by Noel Carroll (CUNY Graduate Center), John Gibson (University of Louisville), Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University), James Hamilton (Kansas State University), and Paul Woodruff (University of Texas at Austin). Responses will be provided by Kristin Boyce, Eric Vivier (English, Mississippi State) and Karen Raber (English, University of Mississippi).

All events are free and open to the public.

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Occasioning Philosophy: Philosophy and Theater on the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death

8:00-8:30 Coffee and Morning Refreshments


Chair: Mary Gregg (UM) 

John Gibson (University of Louisville), “On (Not) Making Oneself Known"

(Comments by Karen Raber, English, UM)

10:00-10:30 Break (Tour of Folio Exhibit)


Chair: Robert English (UIC) 

Kristin Gjesdal (Temple), "Interpreting Hamlet: Shakespeare's German Reception"

(comments by Eric Vivier, English, MSU)

12:00-1:15 Lunch Break


Chair: Ryan Turner 

James Hamilton (Kansas State), “Two Ways of Comprehending Performance”

(comments by Kristin Boyce, MSU)

2:45-3:00 Break


Chair: Seth Waite (UM) 

Noël Carroll (CUNY Graduate Center), “Fictional Characters as Social Metaphors”

(Comments by Timothy Yenter, UM)

4:30-5:00 Break

5:00-6:15 Paul Woodruff (UT Austin), “Staging Wisdom: Hamlet”

Introduction: Tommy Anderson (MSU)

All events are free and open to the public



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